A seemingly connected but actually misguided effort to burglarize a Lafayette home in the wee small hours Saturday frightened an unintended set of victims and touched off a wild chase out Highway 24 and into San Francisco, where police arrested one suspect after the car he was driving spun out and crashed.
The tale, with several built-in twists, started at 2:37 a.m. Saturday when residents in the 3700 block of Rose Court were awakened by movement in their home and summoned police.
Officers responding to the targeted home were updated via radio that the homeowner’s car was now backing out of her driveway. Police spotted the car driving from the neighborhood, occupied by a lone black male. That car, officers could see, was followed by a second vehicle, also occupied by a single black male driver.
Lafayette police began a pursuit of the stolen vehicle and were quickly joined by Orinda police, with California Highway Patrol officers taking over the chase as the two cars sped into San
Francisco. Chief Eric Christensen said the most recently stolen vehicle crashed in the city – totaling it. The driver, identified as Sir Casey Latour, 30, of San Francisco, was taken into custody.
Police said Latour’s alleged accomplice managed to elude police. Latour, however, was transported back to Contra Costa County, cleared medically and booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.
Investigators said that the burglary plot was conceived after a former resident of Lafayette lost his wallet and car during a robbery in San Francisco early Saturday morning. The suspects drove the vehicle to Lafayette to burglarize the home at the address listed on his drivers’ license, only to learn that the robbery victim they come to victimize twice had only briefly lived at the Lafayette address and had since moved out.
Police said the suspects arrived at the Lafayette house and found a door to the home unlocked. One or both men entered the home while the residents were asleep, taking property including a set of car keys and then drove off in the victim’s vehicle when they were spotted by responding units.
San Francisco police travelled to Lafayette and Martinez Saturday to speak with Latour about the day’s events, particularly his alleged involvement in the San Francisco robbery.
Latour remains in custody at the Main Detention Facility in Martinez, booked on Burglary, Vehicle Theft, Evading law enforcement officer and possession of stolen property charges.